Thus the relationship which I have found helpful is characterized by a sort of transparency on my part, in which my real feelings are evident; by an acceptance of his other person as a separate person with value in his own right; and a deep empathic understanding which enables me to see his private world through his eys. When these conditions are achieved, I become a companion to my client, accompanying him in the frightening search for himself, which he now feels free to undertake. (Carl Rogers, 1961)
What kind of therapy do I believe in?
I believe in a therapy that trusts in human resilience and our innate wisdom.
I believe in a therapy that looks to the past, to make sense of the present, and to make positive changes for the future.
I believe my role, as a therapist is to encourage, empower, bear witness and at times help make connections, educate, and guide.
And, I believe in a therapy that is transparent, experiential, body focused, respectful, passionate, authentic, and engaged.
I believe in a therapy that trusts in the wisdom of the body and our emotions.
I do NOT believe in a therapy that pathologizes, labels, condemns, or blames us for our inability to change our emotions or thoughts.
I believe that healing and growth are always possible.
I believe lasting change comes from having a real, healing relationship with an attuned, caring, trusted other.
I believe our life experiences greatly affect our therapeutic style and approach.
What is my therapeutic approach?
I use an integrative approach, meaning that I integrate a few different theories and personalize my approach for each clients needs and goals for therapy.
I primarily work from these three models:
Depth Psychology (which believes that our desires, impulses, motives and fears originate in the unconscious),
Interpersonal Neurobiology (which is backed by the latest in brain research, considers the way relationships and emotions negatively and positively alter our brain function), and
Attachment Theory (which understands that secure attachment, both now and in the past, is essential for emotional exploration and transformation.)
In 2013, I trained with Candyce Ossefort-Russell in a wonderful year long DEEP (Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy) Training. DEEP, based on AEDP, is an experiential, emotion focused, attachment-based model grounded in the latest research in interpersonal neurobiology. I also participate in continued training in DEEP with Candyce in ongoing group and individual supervision.
In addition, I attended Pacifica Graduate Institute where I specialized in depth psychology.
I also utilize mindfulness, pulling from my 25-year meditation practice, and creative modalities; pulling from my art and design background.
For more information on my credentials, and training please see About me.